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Rape culture: What do Steubenville, Rehtaeh Parsons and frosh chants have in common?

From the Toronto Star:

“Through a series of interviews with professors, lawyers and public health officials, the Star has attempted to unpack the idea of “rape culture.” What emerges is an invisible circuit of social attitudes, laws and cultural phenomena that normalize and even encourage rape.

It starts in schools, where an outdated sex-education curriculum doesn’t address consent, new technology or sexual assault. It then gets exacerbated on social media, a forum that eggs on sexual bravado and shames victims into silence.

The cycle is completed with a justice system that has difficulty prosecuting sexual assault cases, despite progressive laws, because of prevailing social attitudes toward women and sexual activity.”

See the full article at: http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2013/10/19/rape_culture_what_do_steubenville_rehtaeh_parsons_and_frosh_chants_have_in_common.html


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